Designated Safeguarding Lead Specialist Certificate: Levels 1-3

(Incorporating Level 1 Train the Trainer course)

Designated Safeguarding Lead Specialist Certificate: Levels 1-3

(Incorporating Level 1 Train the Trainer course)
Education form
12 months

Keep up to date with your advanced training requirements, plus all the tools you need to deliver mandatory Level 1 training to the whole school!

The Ofsted Education Inspection Framework 2019 continues to place great importance on your safeguarding provision. To help you become an expert in safeguarding children and young people, we have created a certificate designed for the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and deputy designated safeguarding lead (DDSL).

The certificate provides up-to-date guidance, as well as how to become a Level 1 safeguarding trainer to deliver the mandatory Level 1 induction training for the whole school.

Access 24/7
Our unique system will let you work through this specialist training programme at your own pace.
You will be able to test your knowledge along the way with quizzes and tests to identify gaps in your knowledge.
Hear from our wide range of education experts and safeguarding specialists.
Access a wide range of current tools, templates, checklists and policies that you can download and start using straight away.
The training is kept up-to-date, so that your advance safeguarding knowledge is always current.
Changes from the Education Inspection Framework (EIF) 2019 and what this means for safeguarding are included.

The Modules

Module 1:
The current regulatory framework
The Children Act
Changes to Ofsted inspections 2019
Working together to safeguard children
Keeping children safe in education
Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect
Mental health Green Paper
School’s responsibilities for safeguarding
Module 2:
Safe staffing and recruitment
Staff responsibilities regarding safeguarding
Role of the of the DSL and DDSL
Role of the safeguarding governor
Safer recruitment
The Single Central Record
Staff conduct
Implementing policies and procedures
Module 3:
Identifying safeguarding concerns
Children at risk of abuse
The main signs of abuse to be alert to
Handling a child protection disclosure
Raising concerns
Reporting a safeguarding incident
Allegation of abuse by a member of staff
Death or serious injury of a child
Module 4:
Inter-agency working
Early help and the lead practitioner role
Accessing help and services
Awareness of local safeguarding policies and procedures
Learning from serious case reviews
Information sharing and confidentiality
Information sharing and confidentiality
Making a safeguarding referral
Multi agency plans
Record keeping
Working with safeguarding partners
Module 5:
Ofsted inspections 2019
Background and key documents
Keeping children safe in education
Ofsted framework 2019
Changes to the Ofsted framework
What else have Ofsted said
Staff wellbeing
Module 6:
Mental health in young people
Whole-school approach to mental health
Role of the Designated Mental Health Lead
Risk and protective factors
Emotional abuse
Eating disorders
Anxiety and depression
Suicide ideation
Body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria
Bullying and mental health
Module 7:
Risks at home
Children missing education
Fabricated or induced illness
Forced marriage and honour-based violence
Young people as carers
Supporting children with a family member in prison
Domestic violence
Looked after children
Traveller children
Module 8:
Risks outside the home
Contextual safeguarding
Alcohol and drug abuse
Sexual violence and sexual harassment
Peer on peer abuse and bullying
Modern slavery, child sexual exploitation and trafficking
Gang activity and youth violence
The Prevent Duty
Reasonable force
Module 9:
Safe use of technology
A whole-school approach to online safety
Filtering and monitoring
The impact of new technology including gaming, social media, vlogging
The impact of technology on sexual behaviour
Your role in protecting children from online grooming
Consider your approach to cyber bullying
Involving parents in online safety
Module 10:
Level 1 Train the Trainer
Training ALL new staff on safeguarding – statutory requirements
Keeping staff and governors up to date
Administrating the training programme
Evaluating the effectiveness of the training programme
Developing your training style
Module 11:
Safeguarding Level 1 staff training resources
Part 1: Staff responsibilities for safeguarding
Part 2: Identifying safeguarding concerns
Part 3: Children at risk
Part 4: Safe use of technology
Module 12:
Safeguarding and SEND
Why SEND children are at risk
Identifying abuse in SEND children
Communication difficulties
SEND and absence and exclusion
Bullying of SEND children
Mental health of SEND children
Reasonable force
Module 13:
Safeguarding implications post pandemic
Video 1 Introduction
Video 2 Government guidance on safeguarding during and after the pandemic
Video 3 Ofsted expectations and guidance on safeguarding during and after the pandemic
Video 4 Safeguarding concerns during remote and blended learning
Video 5 Ensuring safeguarding compliance with outside providers of catchup learning
Video 6 Out of school services and holiday clubs safeguarding procedures
Video 7 Managing the impact of the pandemic on child mental health and wellbeing
Video 8 Re-establishing school as a safe place to learn post pandemic


Samantha Garner
Consultant & Trainer
Samantha Garner is a well-established consultant and trainer in the world of SEN and Mental Health. Originally a music teacher, she has worked in the SEN arena for over 15 years and spent time in a large secondary school where she set up a specialist behaviour unit. After this time she qualified as a CBT therapist and child and adolescent counsellor. Sam has trained and consulted in the whole spectrum of educational establishments from PRUs to very prestigious private schools. She is a published author of several mental health support programmes and regularly writes for SEN magazines.
Abigail Clay
Cosain Consultancy
Abigail Clay is a nationally respected expert in the complex and increasingly challenging world of Safeguarding and the Government’s Prevent strategy. With more than 30 years’ experience within the school/ FE/HE sector, Abigail has developed extensive knowledge of the statutory Prevent agenda and has worked enthusiastically within local, regional and national environments to embed its relevance and vital importance to 21st century education and child policies.
Alex Colclough
Education consultant
Alex has more than 10 years experience as a senior leader in education as both Primary Acting Head and Deputy. Alex worked for Richmond and Kingston LSCB as Education Lead, providing training and support to school DSLs across the boroughs and recently spent 6 months working with the Achieving for Children Virtual School, championing the education of the looked after and previous looked after children in Richmond, Kingston, Windsor and Maidenhead.
John Viner
Education writer, adviser and inspector
John Viner has taught in both primary and secondary schools, with a long history of successful primary school leadership. He is now a full-time writer, inspector and adviser.
John Rees
School Improvement Advisor
John is passionately committed to enhancing the achievement and life chances of children and young people, through school improvement and by supporting the professional development of individuals and organizations. Having taught for 12 years, latterly as a senior leader, John lead the transformation of ‘APAUSE’ from a 2-school research project into an effective multi-agency Relationships and Sex Education programme with unique evidence of health benefit and educational improvement. John became an independent educational consultant in 2006, focussing on PSHE and has enjoyed repeat commissions overseas and with a range of clients supporting health and educational improvement. Currently John is working with a range of charities and commercial organisations as a Coach and Facilitator, speaker, trainer and consultant with Schools, Academies and Local Authorities, across the UK and overseas, to support school improvement and health outcomes.
Suzanne O'Connell
Dr Suzanne O’Connell is a freelance writer specialising in education. Prior to this she taught for 23 years and was a headteacher of a junior school in Nuneaton for 11 years. Suzanne can be contacted on

Designated Safeguarding Lead Specialist Certificate: Levels 1-3

Designated Safeguarding Lead Specialist Certificate: Levels 1-3
Equipping you with essential knowledge to build on your role
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